In 2019, AMD released the Ryzen 9 3950x processor which posed serious competition to their own Threadripper 2950x processor. Not only does the Ryzen 9 come with multi-threaded 16 cores but also comes at virtually the same price as the 2nd generation Threadripper. The Ryzen 9 beats the Threadripper when it comes to rendering speeds, V-Ray and Cinebench performance ratings, temperature maintenance and finally power consumption. With such a powerful CPU, it is only natural that we need a motherboard compatible with it to withstand the processing power and should have the proper overclocking capability. Not all motherboards are the same and not all users have the same priorities. Here is a list of motherboards that can be used to make your dream build with the Ryzen 9 3950x.
- 1. ASUS ROG X570 CROSSHAIR VIII FORMULA
- 2. GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI
- 3. GIGABYTE X570 ITX AORUS PRO
- 4. MSI MEG X570 UNIFY
- 5. ASUS ROG STRIX X570-I
- 6. MSI X570 GODLIKE
- 7. ASUS ROG STRIX 570E
- 8. ASUS PRIME X570-P
- 9. ASROCK X570 PHANTOM
- 10. GIGABYTE X570 AUROS MASTER
- 11. MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON
- 12. ASROCK B450M STEEL LEGEND
- 13. MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
- 14. ASUS 570 TUF GAMING PLUS
- 15. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
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When you are looking to go a little overboard with power optimization, the Crosshair VIII is a great option. It is quite a monster when it comes to making gaming builds and syncs quite well with the Ryzen 9 3950x. It provides the prerequisite PCIe 4.0 expansion slots and has AM4 sockets that go with the 2nd and 3rd generation CPUs. The active chipset heatsink combined with the M.2 aluminum heatsink provides the coolest gaming rig designed for the Ryzen processor.
While looking for a budget setup after blowing all your money on the chipset, the Gigabyte Aorus is a savior. Like all X570 motherboards, it was also designed keeping the 3950x in mind. At the low price range, it comes with PCIe 4.0 slots and Dual channel DDR4 to aid 2nd and 3rd generation Ryzen.
However, you do have to make certain sacrifices when you go for a low budget motherboard. Connectivity wise it only offers Wi-Fi 5 instead of Wi-Fi 6 and there is no USB Type C on the front panel. It also compensates for heatsink with 4 fan or water pump connectors.
Small Form Factor (SFF) PC setups is the new trend these days but there is not much choice when it comes to ITX form factor motherboards in the market. However, the Aorus Pro is not short of features in any manner. It comes with dual PCIe 4.0 slots and a multilayered heatsink to give you fast transfers and good thermal capabilities in a compact rig. The VRM setup may not be as good as its ATX counterparts but that does not stop this small build from having some amazing features.
If productivity and performance are the main focus of the user, the multi-threaded 16 cores of the Ryzen 9 3950x are extremely powerful to aid that objective. To make the best use of this power and to set up a workstation rig, the MSI Meg X570 Unify is a great option to consider. It can help a lot in heavy power consuming tasks such as animation, engineering and plotting, video processing and editing. It is accompanied by DDR4 boost for maximum overclocking potential. With such hardware capabilities, it needs the thermal cooling to be on par which it delivers with an active extended all metal aluminum heatsink.
Much like the other ITX board on this list, it does not have the best VRM performance like the ATX form factor motherboards. Mini ITX boards are feared to have too many compromises compared to their ATX big brothers but the ROG Strix can deliver admirable gaming performance and cooling performance with an excellent thermal design and its well-placed heatsinks. With Digi+ voltage regulator and ProCool II power connectors it also delivers on power even with its tiny body. That said, it is a tough competitor to Gigabyte’s Aorus Pro as an ITX board.
Another workstation build from MSI is the Godlike extended ATX motherboard. It comes with a stunning 14+4+1 VRM performance with a Frozr heatsink architecture and server grade PCB which provides the best power performance with minimal thermal throttling. With a convenient I/O system that supports Type C and the gorgeous MSI Mystic Light color scheme this becomes a great switch between a workstation rig and a gaming rig.
The ROG Strix X570E is the ATX board unlike the X570I which is the compact ITX build. It plays to its strength with 2 PCIe expansion slots to provide the best transfer speeds. It provides a better 12+4 VRM power solution with heatsinks all over the system from chipset to M.2 connectors. It provides BIOS Flashback, ALC 1220 audio codec and provides versatile I/O support from Type C to HDMI. It delivers on its cooling performance and is tailor made for optimizing user’s gaming performance.
With an 8+4 phased DrMOS power solution, the Asus Prime X570-P may not be the best power optimizing board in the market but it excels at its cooling performance with an AIO Pump and Fan Xpert 4 support. It comes with one PCIe 4.0 expansion slot and ALC 1200 audio codec instead of 1220 standards that other boards set. Although it does not have USB Type C support, it does come with the HDMI port, and has a decent I/O support overall.
The ASRock X570 Phantom comes with an Intersil Digital PWM and a 14 phase VRM power setup. It is a durable build covered with the ASRock super alloy. There is note-worthy I/O support is great with Type C and HDMI ports available. Audio performance is backed by the Realtek ALC 1220 codec and DTS connect. It also comes with the PCIe support required for the 3rd generation Ryzen. Thermal cooling is supported by Fan Tachometer and proper temperature sensing.
The Auros Master is a fast transfer expert with 3 PCIe 4.0 expansion slots and unbuffered dual channel DDR4 memory. The thermal cooling design is also impressive with a Fins-Array Heatsink and power consumption is also minimum with a 14 phased Infineon VRM setup. It comes with BIOS Q-Flash, RGB Fusion 2.0 and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity to aid the powerful build. The I/O support is gunned with USB Type C support as well.
Designed for gaming enthusiasts, the thermal design has been engineered to aid the system with patented fan and double ball bearings in the FROZR Heatsink design. The lighting setup is also powered by MSI Mystic Lights. It supports ALC 1220 audio codec and the I/O is backed by USB Type C as well. Overall, it is a setup for gamers and furnishes them with low latency performance values that they hope to achieve from the high end Ryzen chipset.
Although the B450M does not support PCIe 4.0 it comes with AM4 socket for the Ryzen 3rd generation. It does not have the most updated systems with the audio quality being sub-par with an ALC 892 audio codec but it does have its advantages compared to other low budget boards since the I/O contains USB Type C and HDMI support. It is known for its durability with a stainless steel design and beautiful polychrome styling.
The Prestige Creation setup is designed specifically for workstation builds. It aims at efficiency and productivity for content creators and designers. With dual channel DDR4 memory for fast memory transfers, Dual LAN and Wi-Fi 6, customers get excellent connectivity and high bandwidth. The FROZR heatsink helps keep thermal throttling at bay and finally, it comes with an optimized creator center software to cater to several needs of content creators with various resources.
As the name suggests, the TUF series is meant for the gamers to play at low latency and good bandwidth connectivity. This is achieved by Asus Turbo LAN Utility and the fast PCIe 4.0 memory lanes. The audio is powered by ALC1200 and comes with DTS Custom for gaming headsets. It comes with the Aura lighting system and ASUS Thermal Fan Xpert helps the cooling process. The I/O support is also convenient and versatile with Type C and HDMI ports.
Like most other gaming rigs in this list, the Tomahawk boasts dual channel DDR4 memory and PCIe support. It also has Type C and HDMI I/O support and has ALC892 audio codec built in. It is unique in the sense that it claims to run high end processors like our Ryzen 9 with an MSI extended PWM. Besides that, it claims to have various resources to help your game performance and has Flash BIOS support. For the lighting fans, it has the usual vibrant MSI Mystic Light.
In the end, it all comes down to what sort of computing habits a person has so they can make the best out of the Ryzen 9. If someone wants the best gaming performance with low latency and great frame rates then they would prefer to make investments in Crosshair VIII or the MSI MPG Gaming Pro Carbon. Affordable alternatives such as the Aorus Elite become very handy choices in the market. The SSF market is also becoming popular, where rigs that do not take much desk space are the major focus. So ITX forms like the Aorus Pro and Strix X570-I become prime choices that can provide performance results and thermal cooling despite the small build nature. Workstation ready systems then MSI Meg Unify and Godlike help bring out the productivity monster from all of us. It is very important to understand your needs and then consider the various features that each motherboard provides. The Ryzen 9 3950x chipset is the best among the 3rd generation Ryzen series and the motherboard will determine what results you can get out of it.